Wissahickon standout wins gold
For Montgomery Media
In 1968, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger sang an opening line for a song that went — “Please allow me to introduce myself.”
Now, 44 years later, Wissahickon’s Lotte Black could have sung that same line herself at Suburban One League American Conference Girls Cross Country Championships, which were held Friday morning at Lehigh University.
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When Upper Dublin captured the American Conference team title, it marked the fourth consecutive year — DQG WKH fiIWK yHDU LQ WKH last six — that the Cardinals captured the crown.
Upper Dublin won the team title with 42 points. Wissahickon took second place with 49 followed by Upper Merion (68), Cheltenham (84), Plymouth Whitemarsh (140) and Upper Moreland (154).
Ironically, none of the seven scorers on this year’s championship squad were on the team that won the title in 2009.
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Upper Merion won the team title with 45 points and Upper Dublin was a close second with 47. Individually, Upper Dublin’s Francis Ferruzzi won the gold medal with a clocking of 16:30 while Upper Merion’s Christian Sanders snagged the silver medal with a time of 17:00.
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Marcelis’ younger brother Lukas Marcelis placed sixth with a time of 17:19.
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